From 2008 to 2012, I was a writing machine as far as short fiction. Characters visited me when I walked through neighborhoods or rode the bus through town. I also had more free time on my hands. The downside was the amount of time I spent hunched over a laptop writing the stories which ranged from bittersweet dramas to laugh-out-loud comedies.
And while I enjoy writing short fiction, I haven’t had the leisure of writing any new stories since 2013. I concentrated on a non-fiction book on music, a memoir on housing struggles, and two novels. And like some of you reading this post, I panic because I feel my muse has escaped to Never Never Land, never to return to me. And then, what will I write?
So what are some activities we can do while we wait for our muses to return? Here is a list that ignites artistic flow and creates a home for a muse to reside. I’m also remembering that Hollywood movie about the filmmaker with the Greek muse.
- Go for walks, not just in beautiful settings, but also in urban environments
- Ease drop on conversations on public transportation and in cafes
- Sit outdoors at a cafe and watch passerby
- Photograph your favorite places and buildings (then you wonder about people in those buildings or places)
- Daydream (Yes, I know, our mothers told us not to indulge in daydreams)
- Take a short trip somewhere or take a vacation
- Spend time alone (since others can jam up your flow)
- Read news headlines but not the articles (come up with your own stories)
- Spend time with children and ask them to tell you stories
- Spend time in nature
- Meditate or journal
Once you open up space for stories to enter, they show up. Be warned though that you could receive multiple stories at one time. That’s what happened to me and this meant that I spent an hour or two each day crafting short stories.
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